MOTHER'S DAY is Sunday and Sunol offers an impressive array of ways to
celebrate your lovin' mom. Elliston Vineyards (463 Kilkare Road)
is having a fabulous lunch on Mother's Day at 1 p.m., starting
with champagne and hors d'oeuvres. Executive Chef Brian Krediet
is preparing a seated three-course meal with your choice of
tournedos of beef, roast arctic char or slow roasted poussin
(that's chicken, y'know), and finishing with pecan and chocolate
tart with maple crème fraiche. For reservations ($55
per person), contact Elliston's events office at 925-862-2377.
Sunol's Main Street will be a veritable Mother's Day bouquet
of opportunities for you and mom. Bosco's Bones and Brew (11922
Main Street) is serving a special all-you-can-eat brunch featuring
prime rib, leg of lamb, breakfast items, vegetable quiche, salmon,
chicken, cold salads, shrimp, fruit, cheese, vegetable platters,
smoked salmon, and a wonderful assortment of desserts. Bosco's
reminds us that the fact that mom won't have to clean up never
hurts. The price is $25.95 per adult and $9.95 for children
under ten and the brunch seating will be from 10:30 a.m. to
2 p.m. Reservations are strongly recommended (925-862-0821).
The Pacific Locomotive Association will be running their Niles
Canyon Railroad on Mother's Day and offers this unusual piece
of advice: "Throw Mama ON the train!" There are two
modes of transportation available, with the 1940's diesel train
running at 10:30 a.m., 12 noon, and 1:30 and 3 p.m., and the
M200 "Skunk Train" running at 11:15 a.m., and 12:24
and 2:15 p.m.
The train folks have something special planned for Mother's
Day and promised details soon at their Web site at www.ncry.org.
A donation is suggested of $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, and
$4 for children three through 12. Kidlets under three ride free.
Donations help the NCR operate and grow, as all work is done
So what's a Skunk Train, you might ask? It looks sort of like
a big yellow bus, and was built in 1926 for the logging railroads.
It gained fame on the California Western Line between Willets
and Fort Bragg, is available for charters and seats up to 36
If coffee, tea, pastries, a light lunch, and tastings of some
delectable wines are more what you're after, Little Valley Vineyard
Espresso Bar and Tasting Room (11918 Main Street) will be open
on Mother's Day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with wine tasting starting
at noon. All the paperwork is finally completed, and Little
Valley's wines are now available for tasting and purchase by
the glass or bottle.
And of course, there's the Sunol Coffee House and Cafe, which
serves breakfast, lunch and dinner on Sunday in the quaint,
historic building at 11882 Main Street. It's a fact that nobody's
mom need go hungry in downtown Sunol.
Traveling just a few moments out of downtown, you can also
find a sumptuous Mother's Day feast at the Sunol Valley Golf
Club, located at 6900 Mission Road off the Andrade Road exit
from I-680. Sunol Valley's Mother's Day Champagne Brunch features
elegant food prepared by Chef Sedgie Davis, including breakfast
items, pasta and omelet stations, numerous salads, garlic mashed
potatoes, rice pilaf, prime rib, smoked pork loin, oysters,
mahi mahi, chicken, lamb chops, shrimp, and lots more.
The cost is $27 for adults, $27 for seniors, $17 for children
six through twelve, and kids under six can cruise this spectacular
buffet for free. Hurry and make your reservation, as the first
400 moms will receive a fresh Hawaiian lei. Please call 925-862-2404
ext. 218, or 925-862-2408 for reservations.
In the midst of all that fun and food, let's not lose sight
of the real meaning of this day. Mothers are the heart of our
families, our communities and our world. Give yours a big hug
and say thank you for all the amazing things she does, and how
much she loves you no matter what you do.